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These posters offer a glimpse into Auckland’s anarchic, door-kicking punk and new-wave scenes that stomped their way into the city’s late 70s - early 80s musical landscape. These posters also show how music venues changed and morphed over time, shedding their previous identities and inhabiting new ones.
Black and white poster promoting New Zealand band Lip Service, performing at The Gluepot, Ponsonby, Auckland, ca. 1970s., EPH-PT-15-158.
Gig poster features a desert island scene of coconut trees standing on a grassy incline overlooking a clear sky and calm sea. Coup D'Etat, 1980-82, EPH-PT-15-55.
Black and white illustrated poster for the Pop-Shot Show Closet Artists on Monday August 25th 1980 at 520 Queen Street, Auckland. EPH-PT-15-122.
Gig poster for the band Reel to Real, n.d., EPH-PT-15-59.
Barry Linton illustrated poster in black and white. The scene is a traffic jam heading into Auckland, with the sea, cabbage trees and gulf islands in the distance under a starry night sky. Pacific Nights, EPH-PT-15-140.
New Zealand band The Snipes, at The Globe bar in Auckland. July 11-14, ca. 1970s. EPH-PT-15-154.
Poster promoting a performance by Hamilton band Flight 77 (later known as Flight X-7), at the Gluepot, Ponsonby, Auckland. October 25-28, ca. 1980s. EPH-PT-15-160.
Poster promoting a performance by New Zealand band the Swingers, at The Liberty Stage, Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Symonds Street, Auckland. August 2-4, ca. 1980s. EPH-PT-15-157.
Illustrated gig poster includes people and pets gathered around a wireless radio, listening to the band and praising their lyrics and song writing. EPH-PT-15-82.
Promotion of New Zealand band Street Talk, performing at H.Q. Rock Cafe, October 27-28, ca. 1970s. EPH-PT-15-155.
New Zealand band Street Talk, performing at Windsor Castle, May 15, ca. 1970s. EPH-PT-15-156
Our latest blog celebrates The Orange Ballroom on Newton Road in Auckland. This venue was Pacific music central in Auckland from 1954 to the mid-1970s. Bill Sevesi and his Islanders played night after night to audiences who thronged the dance floor.
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In this session Louis Baker performs 'Love' in our Māori Court alongside Victoria Kelly (vocals, missionary organ), Horomona Horo (taonga puoro), Chris O'Connor (drums, percussion) and Sandy Mill (vocals, percussion).
Estère performed her song 'Reptilian Journey' within our iconic Castle Gallery surrounded by an incredible collection of rare and unusual musical instruments.
Standing on the Museum rooftop, rapper Raiza Biza and vocalist Bianca Paulus deliver their performance of 'Get By'. This one-of-a-kind performance was the first time a live band has been allowed on the Museum’s roof – which is usually a restricted area.
Volume Museum Sessions is a series of live performance films that were created for our Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition. This song by Campbell was captured in the iconic Grand Foyer.